Area of Law: Criminal Law
Answer # 784
What to do if you are assaulted or abusedRegion: Ontario Answer # 784
Having the police lay a charge
If you have been assaulted or abused, you should first escape from the offender and seek medical attention. You should then call the police and explain what happened. In most cases the police will arrest the accused and lay charges. You should also record the names and badge numbers of the officers who assisted you.
To ensure that you have an accurate record of the assault, report all of your injuries to both the police and to a doctor in detail, and write down everything that happened as soon as possible. You may also want to have photographs taken of your injuries to keep with your written records. Also try to keep track of all the expenses that you incurred as a result of the assault.
If you are being abused by a spouse or partner, you may want to contact a women’s shelter or call a domestic assault hotline. You will be able to talk with a counsellor who can advise you of your options and help you decide what to do.
More information on getting help for victims of child and spousal abuse can be found in topic 788 Spousal and child assault.
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